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Category: Mashterpiece Theater

March 22 2017

The only unbreakable promise of war is that one day it will end.

audio: “Promise” by Thomas Bergersen
video: Last Day of War by Dima Fedotov

March 9 2017

I mixed this together last night. Some videos and songs seem like they were meant for each other, and these fall into that category. It uses “Lost in Las Vegas” by Two Steps from Hell and is to “X-Story” by Vitaliy Shushko. The story mostly takes place outside of a city that resembles a futuristic Las Vegas, so visually it’s very tied to the name of the song. And thematically, it has a somber melody that suits the protagonist’s journey while it musically wanders like someone lost in themselves.

December 9 2016

This is an incomplete first draft.

Audio: “New World Order” by Two Steps from Hell from the album Vanquish

December 8 2016

Before she became a tomb raider, Lara Croft had to learn how to survive. This short but compelling vignette is based on the trailer for 2013 game Tomb Raider and features music by Two Steps from Hell.

This version is the first draft, so it’s not quite perfect yet. I need to finish putting the musical credits into the scene and remove the artifacts from the optical flow filter.

Audio: “His Brightest Star Was You” by Two Steps from Hell from the album Vanquish

December 6 2016

Please note: This is an incomplete rough draft.

First of all, I officially nominate Two Steps from Hell‘s “High C’s” from the album Vanquish for song of the year. Words like “epic” get thrown around far too often, but artistic works like this one truly define the concept. From the roaring horns to the soaring choir, the music and the musicianship are absolutely perfect.

The current version of this video is based on the “The Siege of Neverwinter” viral campaign that preceded the Neverwinter video game. The vast majority of the video is in place, but it is far from complete. I’m still trying to find a couple clips to fill in the gaps. Plus, I don’t have an ending yet. That’s because the original video ends on a cliffhanger. This magnificent song, however, has a final section that is sweeping and grand. I’m still looking for something.

December 4 2016

Two Steps from Hell recently released another album, and it continues the tradition of truly magnificent scores of the past several years. Though the album landed in the final month of 2016, I’d say that “High C’s” is probably the lead contender for song of the year. But more on that later. For now, take a couple minutes to experience one woman’s struggle to fight back her almost literal demons. I set this short trailer from Ninja Theory’s Hellblade to Two Steps from Hell’s “Inferni” from their new album, Vanquish.

November 18 2016

“Even in the heart of Heaven, angels can still feel fear.”

video: opening cinematic from Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
audio: “Before Time” by Thomas Bergersen

October 18 2016

In anticipation of the next installment of Rooster Teeth’s RWBY, I started playing with different songs to see if I could make anything work. Not surprisingly, it’s rife with powerful visuals that can tell a story and get a point across in as few frames as possible. So it all works great together. I used footage from the original four trailers (one for each main character) and blended them into a single video.

October 10 2016

An instant-classic short film about the power of love and power itself. I started with the cinematic trailer for the Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic. It’s arguably one of the best stories in the entire Star Wars universe, and it only takes seven minutes to tell it. For this mashterpiece, I set it to Thomas Bergersen‘s “Illusions” because they had similar peaks and valleys, themes, and basically just seemed to belong together.

Audio: “Illusions” by Thomas Bergersen
Source Video: Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Eternal Throne – “Betrayed” Trailer

March 12 2016

A story like Romeo and Juliet, except they kill anyone standing in their way. I’ve been a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series for a long time, though I didn’t actually play them until the third or fourth had been released. After hearing Patrice Desiléts (the original creator of the series) give his account of the franchise’s birth, I love the series even more.

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